Love Where You Work!

Love Where You Work!


For the second consecutive year, Terra Firma Global Partners was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay by the North Bay Business Journal (NBBJ).

The annual event, now in its 11th year, is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the most innovative and top-notch employers in the three North Bay counties of Marin, Napa and Sonoma in which the employees, not management, does the voting. Terra Firma made the list last year and once again is considered one of the best places to work in the fewer than 100-employees category.

The entire process from nomination to awards takes about several months and includes an anonymous employee survey and reviews from NBBJ’s editorial staff. Terra Firma is growing and currently has a team of 53, including management, administrative staff and real estate associates.

img_2180Terra Firma’s collaborative culture, emphasis on client service and consideration toward each other are some of the reasons that its “employees” (most are independent contractors/real estate agents) consider it a great place to work. Yet flex time for staff, the management’s leadership style, regular company events, civic support and community engagement (for fun and business) are other reasons Terra Firma Global Partners was recognized as a Best Place to Work.

“The fact that most of the votes came from people that could literally vote with their feet and take their business elsewhere is very flattering to Heidi and I,” said firm President and co-founder Bill Facendini.img_0348

Added Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo: “Our goal from the very beginning six years ago was to build a quality team, thinking that it would raise everyone’s game, and it has. Getting this recognition is very satisfying because it validates what we set out to do,” she said.

Companies making the list include accounting firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, technology firms, engineering firms, construction companies and health care companies, just to name a few.

All of the 2016 recipients will be recognized at an awards reception in September, and will also appear in a featured section of the North Bay Business Journal.

… And here’s why! A few excerpts from the Employee Survey…

Question: What Makes Your Company Great?

img_5532-copy“Bill, Heidi, and Betsy. They don’t just go the extra mile, they go hundreds of extra miles every year for their team and their clients.”

“TFGP is the gold standard as a real estate brokerage. Their dedication to industry excellence and giving back to the communities they serve is what sets them apart.”

“Good management systems, good leadership, good communication, excellent quality control and standards of practice”

“Putting needs of clients above our own”

Question: What could be done to improve the workplace at your company?

“I’m at a loss to think of anything here – but what is important is that if I did think of something, I would share it with the firm’s leaders and it would be welcome.”img_2187

“Nothing comes to mind.”


“Can’t think of anything”

“Nothing, happiest I’ve ever been working in real estate.”


Question: What makes your company family friendly?

“Huimg_4711ge respect for work/life balance”

“We are in the business of housing families. Our culture is to incorporate all aspects of someone’s life and goals into their real estate endeavors. Families are a major part of it.”

“The owners and management are the most caring people to work for.”

“Family first is the motto. I am given the flexibility to create a schedule that works for me and my family, and allows my #1 job as ‘Mom’ to take priority.”





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